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Nintendo NX, New Zelda Coming March 2017

The Legend of ZeldaIncreasingly tight-lipped Nintendo announced this morning that its upcoming new console (still codenamed NX) is set to release globally in March 2017.  Fans hoping to learn more about it at E3 2016 in June will be disappointed to learn that the company has no plans to show any NX hardware or games at the event and is instead focusing their energy on showcasing the new Legend of Zelda title which is now also due to be released in March 2017 for both Wii U and NX.  Moreover, the Wii U version of Zelda is the only Nintendo game set to be playable at E3.  Chris Kohler at Wired explains.

You might think this is a pretty big kick in the pants for Wii U’s holiday season, and you’d be right. Legend of Zelda wasn’t just Nintendo’s tentpole release for Christmas, it was the whole damn tent. As of now, the only Wii U game scheduled for the latter half of the year is Paper Mario: Color Splash.

While it's disappointing that we'll have to wait a while longer for information about the NX, the Internet has already turned to predicting gloom and doom for Nintendo because of the 2017 date.  Can't we just skip the complaining?  If you're upset about this news, then there must be other games you want to play that you haven't found the time to enjoy yet.  As for me, I'm still working on Assassin's Creed Syndicate, then I want to play the new Ratchet & Clank before getting into the Wii U version of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.  I want to replay Ghostbusters: The Video Game with my girlfriend before the new film releases in July.  I still need to finish Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam before I can think about Paper Mario: Color SplashUncharted 4: A Thief's End is due out very soon.  I have plenty of media to fill my free time and I'm sure you do as well.  Nintendo will show its cards when it's ready. We don't need all the negativity. You will survive without a new Legend of Zelda in your hands this year. 


Power Button - Episode 202: Miitomo Leads The Nintendo Mobile Charge

Power ButtonNintendo's first mobile app, Miitomo, is among us now on your iOS or Android device of choice, so on this episode of the Power Button podcast, Blake Grundman and I discuss our experience with the interrogative social app and ponder which Nintendo franchises lend themselves well to the mobile gaming experience.  You're not going to see Pokémon Red for $1 on the App Store, but maybe you'll find games starring King Dedede, Captain Olimar, or Little Mac someday.  Join us for an hour of playing with mobile power.  Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player below, find us on Stitcher, subscribe via iTunes, toss this RSS feed into your podcast aggregation software of choice, and be sure to catch up on past episodes if you're joining us late. Remember that you can reach us via , you can leave a message on the Power Button hotline by calling (720) 722-2781, and you can even follow us on Twitter at @PressTheButtons and @GrundyTheMan, or for just podcast updates, @ThePowerButton.


Power Button - Episode 201: Gone, But Not Forgotten

Power ButtonIt's always a terrible shame when a video game development studio goes under, and while companies such as Lionhead and Sega Technical Institute may be gone, they are not forgotten.  On this episode of the Power Button podcast, Blake Grundman and I remember some of our favorite shuttered studios and pay tribute to some of the industry's best, worst, or most memorable releases from studios that are no longer with us.  We have an hour of fond remembrances for you.  Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player below, find us on Stitcher, subscribe via iTunes, toss this RSS feed into your podcast aggregation software of choice, and be sure to catch up on past episodes if you're joining us late. Remember that you can reach us via , you can leave a message on the Power Button hotline by calling (720) 722-2781, and you can even follow us on Twitter at @PressTheButtons and @GrundyTheMan, or for just podcast updates, @ThePowerButton.


Fun With Miiphotos

Run Indy!Nintendo's anticipated Miitomo app for iOS and Android has launched, bringing the fun of question and answers, costumes, and pachinko mini-games to your social network of choice.  Also included is the ability to take those lovable Mii avatars and insert them into photos with a variety of poses and expressions.  Naturally, I've been having fun with this feature by inserting my Mii into favorite video games, movies, and television.  It's good silly fun and more enjoyable than I'd expected.  So, in the interest of sharing, I'm happy to show off some of my favorites.

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Nintendo Hoax Pokes Folks

Senator VreenakBe it for attention or kicks, some people love to create fake imagery of supposed video gaming products and "leak" them online as if they were real upcoming items destined for imminent legitimate announcement.  The most recent of these hoaxes involves an alleged buttonless controller for Nintendo's secret NX console.  It's far from the first fake product that someone has cooked up in their spare time.  Peter Paltridge at Platypus Comix takes a look back at three notable Nintendo-related hoaxes including that NX controller and, in the process, sums up the changing nature of these fakes.

You might notice that this hoax had a different tone than the one from eleven years prior -- instead of faking something the audience wanted, they faked something the audience didn't. Reaction from those who believed the controllers were real was overwhelmingly negative. They wanted buttons; they wanted to feel the correct finger placement. No doubt, the fakers preferred that as well. So if they were making up something, why not something they wanted?

The reason is because they were playing to the current expectation. Instead of being hopeful for Nintendo's future, fans are now afraid of what they'll come up with next. They fear that, in a renewed effort to get back the phone-game audience, Nintendo will embrace the gamer-unfriendly business practices of that market, and fall into ruin as a result. The football controller is a representation of that fear. Where people once were seduced by visions of magic head-shaped VR devices that displayed 512,000,000 castles at once, now they're just hoping Mario doesn't crap the bed.

I'm not a fan of hoaxes.  The gaming community is so hungry for information and news outlets are so desperate for traffic that fake images are held up right away to spawn discussion as if the item or game depicted is solid undisputed truth.  These hoaxes waste everyone's time and energy, producing passionate arguments over what ends up being nonsense.  Stop encouraging these things.  Save that enthusiasm to discuss the real news once it's announced.  If the Internet should have taught us anything by now, it's to be skeptical (especially in advance of the upcoming April Fool's Day annual festival of nonsense).


Super Mario Maker Bragging Time

Super Mario MakerLast year the team over at USgamer held a Super Mario Maker level design contest.  Many entered, but only a few won, and I'm happy to boast that I was one of those winners for my level Doors To Doom (ID code 3C6B-0000-007D-9D6E).  Named for the title of an old Nintendo Adventure Book from my youth, the level allows players to choose their challenge with obstacle indicators labeling each door (the door with a Spiny above it, for instance, leads to a room full of Spinys).  There's even a secret path that requires some backtracking to reach.  I'm pleased that people have enjoyed Doors To Doom and happy to share pictures of my prize that arrived this week: a Mega Man Yellow Devil keychain and a Wario sketch from USgamer's Jeremy Parish.  Thanks for everything, USgamer team.  I hope you all had as much fun with this contest as I did. I have plenty of other Super Mario Maker levels, so be sure to give them a try.


This Amiibo Was Ness-cessary

I've been looking for a fairly priced Ness amiibo since they were released last year as a limited GameStop exclusive.  I stood in a long, unmoving preorder line at GameStop for nearly two hours before leaving after the retailer's computer system crashed from amiibo preorder overload.  I've passed up on overpriced Nesses offered by amiibo scalpers both online and in person at conventions.  I've had zero luck getting an order submitted to GameStop's website on time in those rare moments when the amiibo was restocked.  Now, at long last, I've acquired a Ness of my own.  I had to import him from Japan through a third-party Amazon seller who was only charging $18, but he's here and I have him. I won because of brains, guts, and togetherness. Wow!  What a rush!


Mega Man 4 Soundtrack Gets Equipped With An Upgrade

Mega Man 4The Nintendo Entertainment System was home to many classic 8-bit soundtracks, but it was Konami's special VRC6 expansion chip that really made the melodies sing.  While never used in games outside of Japan, the custom mapper has found a following in the twenty-first century with fans who are eager to take their favorite NES compositions and rework them to use the VRC6.  Consider RushJet1 and his upgraded soundtracks for Mega Man 2 and Mega Man 3, for instance.  Released over the past few years, I've mentioned them both on PTB before and, at the last release, wished that he'd take on Mega Man 4 as his next project.  Good news, everyone: he has!  A custom VRC6 version of Mega Man 4 music is now available over at Bandcamp as Mega Man 4 Remade.  Get equipped with your favorite headset and give it a listen.  There's some great things happening here and if the Mega Man soundtracks are the songs of your people like they are for me, you won't want to miss this.

(via Protodude's Rockman Corner)


Power Button - Episode 197: Power Button Conquers The World!

Power ButtonVideo games thrive on evil masterminds plotting global conquest, but what would they do if they succeeded?  On this episode of Power Button, Blake Grundman and I discuss some of our favorite would-be despots such as Dr. Wily and King Koopa, ponder why their plans were doomed from the start, and wonder what would happen if they actually succeeded in their goals.  What does Dr. Robotnik plan to do with a planet of robot animals?  Some questions just don't have answers.  Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player below, find us on Stitcher, subscribe via iTunes, toss this RSS feed into your podcast aggregation software of choice, and be sure to catch up on past episodes if you're joining us late. Remember that you can reach us via , you can leave a message on the Power Button hotline by calling (720) 722-2781, and you can even follow us on Twitter at @PressTheButtons and @GrundyTheMan, or for just podcast updates, @ThePowerButton.


Power Button - Episode 195: The Great Prognosticus Predicts Again!

Power ButtonAs 2016 is underway, it's only right to look back at the predictions that Blake Grundman and I made in 2015 way back in Episode 162 to see just how many of our gaming wishes came true.  We keep score as we revisit last year's hopes and dreams, then we go on to make a new round of predictions that we'll revisit in 2017.  It's the endless cycle of dreams and we invite you to join us as we look both back and forward.  Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player below, find us on Stitcher, subscribe via iTunes, toss this RSS feed into your podcast aggregation software of choice, and be sure to catch up on past episodes if you're joining us late. Remember that you can reach us via , you can leave a message on the Power Button hotline by calling (720) 722-2781, and you can even follow us on Twitter at @PressTheButtons and @GrundyTheMan, or for just podcast updates, @ThePowerButton.